Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help you learn if you can eliminate your PMI

It's largely inferred that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. Since the liability for the lender is generally only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value changesin the event a borrower defaults.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it became common to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the house is lower than the loan balance.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay.

Does your monthly mortgage payment include PMI? Contact us, you may be able to save money by removing your PMI.

How can a home buyer prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 forces the lenders on most loans to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Savvy homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount borrowed, so it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've gained over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends indicate declining home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be following the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things settled down.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Gregory James Company, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at determining value trends in Cedartown, Polk County and surrounding areas. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often eliminate the PMI with little effort. At that time, the homeowner can delight in the savings from that point on.

Want to learn more about PMI and the Homeowners Protection Act? Click this link:
Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year

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